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8:55 AM ET, June 7, 2009

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Ed Whelan / Bench Memos:
Exposing an Irresponsible Anonymous Blogger  —  One bane of the Internet is the anonymous blogger who abuses his anonymity to engage in irresponsible attacks.  One such blogger who has been biting at my ankles in recent months is the fellow who calls himself “publius” at the Obsidian Wings blog.
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Publius / Obsidian Wings:
Stay Classy Ed Whelan  —  So there you have it - I've been officially outed by Ed Whelan.  I would never have done that to my harshest critic in a million years, but oh well.  —  And to be clear - the proximate cause was that Whelan got mad that I criticized him in a blog post.
Discussion: TBogg
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Dems express ‘growing concern’  —  House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer and Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Daniel Maffei have circulated this letter today ...  ... to Obama expressing “growing concern” with the closures of GM and Chrysler dealerships across the country.
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Gingrich: Americans ‘surrounded by paganism.’  —  On Friday, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Oliver North visited Rock Church in Hampton Roads, Virginia to give a three-hour long lecture on “Rediscovering God in America.”  The speakers warned the audience about the “continuing availability of abortion …
Discussion: The Reaction
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Michael Falcone / The Politico:
All but over for Coleman, experts say  —  Seven months after Minnesota's Senate election, the state's highest court hasn't reached a decision but election law experts agree: Norm Coleman doesn't have a prayer.  —  These experts see almost no chance Coleman's lawyers will prevail in their appeal …
Discussion: The Caucus
Victor Davis Hanson / Pajamas Media:
The Reckoning  —  Obama Versus the Way of the Universe  —  I wish the President well, but he is butting up against human nature.  And that is a fight one cannot win.  If one runs up nearly a $2 trillion annual deficit, and then persists in such red-ink to the point of adding another $9 trillion …
William Kates / Associated Press:
Palin helps NY town celebrate Alaska anniversary  —  AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin set aside politics only briefly Saturday to help Auburn officials celebrate their inaugural Founder's Day and raise money for a museum honoring William Seward, the 19th-century U.S. secretary …
Washington Post:
D.C. Couple's Disdain for U.S. Policies May Have Led to Alleged Spying for Cuba  —  Disdain for U.S. Policies May Have Led to Alleged Spying for Cuba  —  He was a courtly State Department intelligence analyst from a prominent family who loved to sail and peruse the London Review of Books.
Discussion: Babalú Blog
New York Times:
U.S. Lawyers Agreed on the Legality of Brutal Tactic  —  WASHINGTON — When Justice Department lawyers engaged in a sharp internal debate in 2005 over brutal interrogation techniques, even some who believed that using tough tactics was a serious mistake agreed on a basic point: the methods themselves were legal.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obamacare plan finally released; Update: Goodbye, 4th Amendment  —  And it's so large that Patients United Now had to split it into nine different parts, and to put out a bleg for an Army of Patients to scour the bill.  The title:Quality Affordable Health Care for All Americans.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Focus on La Familia: How Dobson's outfit inspires one of the deadliest Mexican drug cartels  —  Most of us are familiar with James Dobson's Focus on the Family outfit, since they've played a major role in promoting the religious right's positions for the past decade and more nationally …
Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org:
Shotgun Wedding: Court Docs Reveal Govt. Likely Forced Chrysler Deal With Minimal Knowledge of Fiat  —  Even if they ultimately lose their last-minute court battle, the Indiana pension funds defending their rights as secured first-lien creditors of Chrysler have done a valuable deed.
 
 
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